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Latest posts by obelixx

Are French Marigolds still in 'Vogue'?

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 19:14

I much prefer the softer forms and colours of calendula than French marigolds and tagetes which, for me, have harsh, hard colours.   I receive a small tray of tagetes from a friend every year and plant them in the veggie plot to help ward off nasties.   They definitely don't fit in the rest of my garden.

Hostas in general White Feather Hosta in particular

Posted: 30/01/2014 at 14:21

Your hosta White Feather will eventually spread to 30 inches/90 cms wide but not in its first season.  It needs to be grown in shade or very dappled sunlight to avoid burning those pale leaves.

Slugs will probably love it so you'll need to protect it - wildlife friendly slug pellets scattered thinly but regularly, a mulch of coffee grounds or sharp grit, a copper ring round the plant............

Different hostas have different heights and spread and very different leaf shapes, textures and colours.  With care, you can plant a beautiful tapestry of them.  Most like moist soils rather than sharply drained so you may want to add some well rotted leaf mold or compost to your soil before planting.

Help please.

Posted: 29/01/2014 at 15:08

Grav - it could also be a reaction to underwatering at the time of flower formation in August and September.

Eric - start a new thread to get answers on your topic as people will come to this one to read about camellias, won't they?.

Rose questions now I've sorted the begonias :)

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 21:36

I'd go for 5 different ones to spread the blooming period, flower forms and colours a bit but space them a bit with perennials so they don't fight with each other.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/01/2014 at 16:16

I'm willing to give it a try.  Did it a few years ago and it worked fine but haven't always found the calendar since and the last two gardening years were wiped out by various ops to reconstruct failed bits of my skeleton.

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 14:29

MM - I'm in Belgium so I buy a brand called ESCAR-GO! which is quite amusing.  In the UK I think they're called Growing Success Advanced Slug Killer.

Are slugs still about?

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 13:59

It's been so mild that yes, slugs and snails could be active now.  I shall be scattering a few wildlife friendly slug pellets near any young shoots, including bulbs, that have been encouraged to grow by the warmth.    You'll need to do it regularly until late May - scatter thinly and repeat after rain - to get them as they emerge from hibernation or hatch from eggs and before they manage to munch your treasures or breed and make the problem even worse.

If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 08:29

IF the ground is too sodden or hard cats will poo in the open but foxes are also a possibility and roaming dogs too.

Rose questions now I've sorted the begonias :)

Posted: 27/01/2014 at 08:25

Teasing Georgia is another good rich yellow rose which will also climb to 2 metres depending on how you prune it.  Malvern Hills is  a short climber with paler yellow roses.

Gertrude Jekyll has amazing perfume.   I also have William Shakespeare, Sceptr'd Isle, Geoff Hamilton, Queen of Sweden, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Falstaff, Crocus Rose, Generous Gardener (climber) and Benjamin Britten - all David Austin roses.   I have Jaqueline Duprée on order and will probably order Harlow Carr too - all David Austin roses but I also have a Kiftsgate which is a huge rambler.  

As I live in Belgium I get mine ready potted from a nursery in the Ardennes who delivers them to me at a local plant fair in May so I don't have to gamble on bare root roses surviving my winters. 

I wouldn't buy roses from supermarkets - labelling, quality and disease resistance are generally poor.  I'd rather pay more and get a good plant that does what it says on the label.  Make sure you check out the planting and pruning advice on the DA website too to ensure success with your new roses.


If I catch 'em I swear I'll bury 'em.....

Posted: 26/01/2014 at 20:34

Not a lot you can do about that  really so cultivate your Zen and just use a trowel to scoop and bin.  

It's nowhere near as bed as great canine dumps. 

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